Try tinting your canvas before you start to paint.

Try tinting your canvas before you start to paint.
by Ron Gribble
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Using an artist quality acrylic. You can try several options. The most versatile option is to choose a warm mid tone colour.

e.g. Try White: 80%; Burnt Sienna 20%

tinting your canvas before you start to paint
Try tinting your canvas before you start to paint


We will try other options later. Let it dry thoroughly before you paint your oil colour over the top.  

Why tint your boards?
Because the stark white will need to be covered in the finished painting.  It is stark, lifeless and demands attention if left showing.
Why a warm mid tone?
Every subject that we paint is affected by light. Light is warm. The mid-tone does not leap off the canvas as white does.
So if you allow some of the original under painting to show through thin layers of paint or just simply leave area’s unpainted, it doesn’t matter.
It looks like warm light. In creating the illusion of the painting I want to eliminate as many problems as I can as early as I can. This allows me to render the subject in the loose "painterly" style that I desire.
Try it for yourself.
Happy Painting
Ron Gribble

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